Return to Blog Posted: 3/7/2018 11:43:45 AM
Faith and Begorrah!
We’re barely over the St. Patty’s Day After Party 2017, and it’s already time for the 2018 celebration.
If you’re anything like us here at Broudy’s, St. Patrick’s Day means a week of good friends, great food, and Irish libations! We just can’t limit it to one day. There’s too much good in life to enjoy in only 24 hours.
Even if your family heritage doesn’t involve kissing the Blarney Stone, there are tons of traditions that are worth a look. Take corned beef for example. If you have even a drop of blood from the Emerald Isle coursing through your veins, chances are that you have gathered around ye old shillelagh to share a traditional Irish hoedown of corned beef and cabbage. But there’s a catch: Corned beef really only became a St. Patrick’s Day “thing” around the turn of the 20th Century.
Apparently New York had a bunch of people dumping green food dye into the Hudson, but the Irish immigrants simply weren’t hiding any pots of gold on the city’s Lower East Side. So, when St. Patrick’s Day rolled around, many of them decided to spend some green on a tasty bottle of Irish whiskey, instead of the traditional Irish bacon. But a leprechaun’s gotta eat, my friend, so what were these new Americans to do?
Why, they turned to their Jewish neighbors who said, “Share your Jameson’s and we’ll let you in on a secret.”
Thus, corned beef and cabbage, and a few shamrockin’ glasses of Jameson Irish whiskey, became the New World “It” food for the holiday.
A century later, Jameson Irish whiskey can be had in the Caskmates IPA Edition. Holy boiled potatoes! Think of it! Jameson finished in craft IPA barrels, to give it some crisp hoppy notes, light citrus with sweet herbal notes and delicate spicy tones. It’s enough to make you want to cheer for the Boston Celtics…almost.
Why not go all in on March 17, by holding a Riverdance party on your back patio? Irish step dancing is a big part of the Irish culture and it’s easy to learn. Here’s a YouTube video that shows you how: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWDxLxFFpZY
You can throw a heckuva party without spending much, too. We have a five tips for you and one big secret about how to enjoy your party even more by taking away some of the stress.
- Make the party come to you. Don’t spend any money on gas to get to the bar or the expensive cover charges you find there.
- Buy party supplies on a budget. Green is the color of the day. Get some avocados for guac, some green balloons, some crepe paper party streamers, and don’t forget a discount store for dollar shamrock beaded necklaces.
- Make a St. Patrick’s Day Irish music mix tape. Who needs a band? You’ve got some Irish Rovers in the library. And if you don’t, you can always stream from one of the services.
- Make your own food. Corned beef, cabbage, boiled potatoes, the aforementioned guacamole, sugar cookies dyed green…you get the picture.
- Order online from Broudys.com. Broudy’s will deliver the Jameson’s, Guinness, Harp, Murphy’s, or any other Irish libation that suits you. And it will get to your place in about an hour, so you can spend time doing the fun stuff with your friends.
This is the holiday your friends have been waiting for. Make some memories. Broudy’s will bring the fun to you.
Want to find out more about St. Patrick’s Day to amaze your friends? Check out our Facebook page
“Countdown to St. Patty’s Day” every day from March 7 until 17, here: https://www.facebook.com/BroudysFineWineandSpirits/